Cedar Waxwing (Juveniles and a Silhouette)

This afternoon in the top of a pine tree I saw a bird perched against the sun.  The shape of her side profile and her whistle was enough for me to identify her as a Waxwing.  The sun was very bright behind her so I thought ‘hey, why not just shoot it as a silhouette?’  I was very happy with how she turned out and so I’m using it as my clean and simple blog header photo. :)

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I also saw my first juvenile Cedar Waxwing in my cherry tree having breakfast, boy are they ever interesting looking, not quite as regal as their parents yet… haha!

Juvenile Cedar Waxwing with his cherry breakfast!
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing with his cherry breakfast!
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

 

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Another Rainy Morning – with a surprise Cooper’s Hawk!

As I woke up this morning, I could hear the rain drops fall on the bedroom window.   Bleary eyed, I walked over and opened the curtains.  There wasn’t much light – it was a dull cloudy rainy day.  I peered down toward my feeder and saw some house sparrows having breakfast – then my eyes noticed a large darker spot on my fence at the back of the yard….  I rubbed my eyes and eventually the image of a hawk jumped at me and I shrieked with surprise ( which woke my daughter from her sleep wondering what was wrong).  “Sorry! Nothing’s wrong!” I called as I ran downstairs to get my camera – “but there’s a raptor in our yard right now!”

I was scared he would be gone by the time I was able to grab my Canon, set it for the low light, and sneak out the back door.   I opened my door and was partially hiding behind the closest tree so as not to scare him off.  He was about 30 feet away when I poked my lens around the tree and within a second he saw me so I snapped fast before he flew away.  Needless to say, I was wide awake after that refreshing rain and excitement….  First Raptor in my backyard birding adventures! 😀

Coopers Hawk in the Rain
Coopers Hawk in the Rain
Soggy Coopers Hawk
Soggy Coopers Hawk
Coopers Hawk - Check out those talons!!
Coopers Hawk – Check out those talons!!
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